Citroen Racing has confirmed their withdrawal from the World Rally Championship in a move that is set to shape a host of changes for the 2020 season. A statement states it was Sebastien Ogier's departure which ultimately made the decision. "Our decision to withdraw from WRC programme as early as end of 2019 follows on Sébastien Ogier’s choice to leave Citroën Racing," Citroen CEO Linda Jackson said. "We obviously have not wished this situation but we could not imagine 2020 season without Sébastien." Ogier is set to sign with Toyota for his final year in the WRC. Their announcement on social media stated that they would not compete in 2020 due to a lack of a driver available "Following the decision of Sébastien Ogier to leave Citroën Racing at the end of this 2019 WRC season, the Citroën brand has decided to put an end to its WRC sports program in 2020 due to the lack of a driver available for the 2020 season," the team statement said. Citroen is the winningest manufacturer in the WRC, often with Frenchman Sebastien Loeb at the wheel. Esapekka Lappi, who signed with Citroen for this season, said that he is already looking at his options on social media.
"I'm not going to lie, this is very bad news for me, for us and whole rally family," he said.
"I feel sorry for the staff and the fans. But no can do. Work has started to find other seat for next years. Not much time but I have a good and strong team around me."

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